July 27 was a sad day at the University of Akron. We learned that 213 staff positions were cut. One hundred sixty-one of these were existing positions. By that, of course, we mean that these were our friends and colleagues alongside whom we’ve worked for years–for decades, in some cases. These are people who did nothing wrong, and certainly did nothing to cause our current financial situation. What they did was serve this institution and its students to the best of their abilities. For that, they deserve our gratitude. The Akron-AAUP would like to express its deepest and heartfelt solidarity with our colleagues, their families, and to the community that will no doubt feel the ripple effects of this action.
A Very Sad Day at The University of Akron